In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" in the tradition of eight generations and in the same quality that made the region world-famous 100 years ago – terroir-specific, unmistakeable and extremely storable.
The "Molitor vineyards" are spread out over locations from Brauneberg to Traben-Trarbach and, since 2001, also along the River Saar. Due to this wide regional spread and the associated diversity of the slate soils and microclimates of the vineyards, the "Molitor Wines" represent every variety of Mosel wine.
The vineyards are stocked mainly with Riesling, while the excellent Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are grown on certain selected areas. The cultivation of red wine on the Mosel was only prohibited by law in the 1930s. What a lot of people don't know: before that, large areas of the Mosel winegrowing region were covered with Pinot Noir!
Time is a decisive factor. Despite the increased risk, they harvest quite late. This gives the grapes time to ripen physiologically – the most important criterion to develop the optimum balance of the wines with increased extract values and animating acidity.
Stone vault naturalness, site characteristics, complexity and potential for ageing – in keeping with this basic philosophy, all "Molitor Wines" are made by spontaneous fermentation. They deliberately refrain from using improving agents, enzymes or other aids.
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